Addiction and neural ageing
Addiction and neural ageing

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operant conditioning

A variety of instrumental conditioning in which an animal emits a behaviour at a time it decides and that behaviour is then reinforced by its consequences. For example, an animal might press a lever in a Skinner box to earn a pellet of food. Not all instrumental conditioning can be described as operant. For instance, where an experimenter puts a rat in a maze and then removes it after its choice, is not described as operant since the timing of behaviour is not under the control of the rat.

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